Southern Painted Turtle
<div>Homeostasis: Since the southern painted turtle is cold blooded, and relies on the heat from the sun and other sources. When winter comes, the southern painted turtle has to burrow in the mud with its V shaped nose and hibernate for the winter. </div>
<div>Respond to Stimuli: They come from the Reptilia class and that means that they are relatives to crocodilians, snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards, and tuatara. Reptiles have been living on earth for over 310 Million years. That means that turtles have adapted to live in a proper climate.</div><div><br></div> Great Amazon Must Haves for any Turtle Owner: Zoo Med Reptile Shelter 3 in 1 Cave: Exo Terra Monsoon Rainfall System:
<div>Use of Food for Energy:Painted turtles are omnivorous, Along with fish, worms and insects, they also enjoy, green, leafy vegetables and aquatic plants such as water lettuce, water hyacinth and duckweed. active and energetic animals, but as with any animal, illness and disease can affect them. If the turtle gets enough protein,(30- to 40-percent) and is given the right climate, sickness can be rare to find in southern painted turtles.</div><div><br></div>
<div>Growth and Development: Chrysemys picta, or southern Painted turtle, is the most widespread native turtle of North America. The turtle's shell is usually 10–25 cm. Healthy Adults in the wild can live for more than 40 years, but in captivity, they can live for around 15-25 years.</div><div><br></div>
<div>Reproduction: The turtles mate in spring and autumn. Females dig nests on land and lay eggs between late spring and mid-summer. Hatched turtles grow until sexual maturity: 2–9 years for males, 6–16 for females.</div>
<div> Cell/Organ Structure: largely aquatic, living in shallow-water habitats, and is among the most conspicuous of the basking turtles. Painted turtles are medium-sized turtles (10 to 18 cm). Males are smaller than females; adult males average from 170 to 190 g, whereas adult females average from 260 to 330 g in some populations . In general, the shell comprises approximately 30 percent of the total wet weight of turtles of this size.</div>

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